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A race against winter and the fear of ominous fog in Pendleton. Both are parts of a lively story behind the creation of the new $5 million Grande Ronde Rappel Base next to the La Grande/Union County Airport.

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In 2009 Ian Clark and Mike Surber founded the Eastern Oregon Film Festival as a way to provide an outlet for local film productions and viewings. What was once a two-day event of movie screeni…

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Nancy Gromen of La Grande, executive director of the Eastern Oregon Mediation Center, felt optimistic about her agency’s budget for the 2019-21 biennium as the Legislature’s session neared its…

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JOSEPH — Stanlynn Daugherty, who for several years trekked the Wallowas with llamas and tourists from around the world, went on her own international journey last year, and on Oct. 22 she will…

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LA GRANDE — The Blue Mountain Translator District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at noon Oct. 22 in the Misener Room of the Daniel Chapin Building, 1001 Fourth St., La Grande. …

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LA GRANDE — All ages are invited to submit carved or decorated pumpkins in a downtown “Ghostly Creation” contest beginning Oct. 25. The pumpkins will be put on display at Market Place Fresh Fo…

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LA GRANDE — The Board of Directors of the La Grande School District will convene for a special board meeting work session followed by an executive session Oct. 23 at the Willow School, 1305 N.…

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WALLOWA — The Wallowa Rod & Gun Club is hosting a meat shoot Oct. 20 at the clubhouse on Lower Diamond Lane. The shooting begins at 9 a.m. Novices are welcome, and there will be games for …

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LA GRANDE — Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict Saturday’s Grande Ronde Ducks Unlimited Banquet has moved to a new location. The event will take place at the Gilbert Center on the Eastern…

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LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary will hold its October meeting Oct. 21 at Island City City Hall. Refreshments are available at 9 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Amy Miles …

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LA GRANDE — The members of the La Grande High School Class of 1964 will gather for lunch at noon Oct. 19 at the Flying J Restaurant.

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Oregon passed a law earlier this year that would abolish the clock changes, but Oregonians will still be in the business of “falling back” one hour to standard time or “winter hours” on Nov. 3.

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Organizations and businesses in Union County learned a little bit more about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the GO-STEM luncheon Tuesday afternoon at The…

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JOSEPH — The Wallowa Valley Arts Council and the Josephy Center have partnered to offer two $600 “Patron Scholarships” for emerging artists looking to take their craft to the next level. 

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ELGIN — Everyone is invited to the Elgin Food Bank’s spaghetti feed fundraiser Oct. 19 at the Elgin Community Center, 260 N. 10th St. The Saturday event will include a spaghetti dinner served …

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The three-year-old Union County Warming Station program may soon have a new shelter site.

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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Transportation Driver and Motor Vehicle Services is changing office hours on Wednesdays. As of Oct. 16, the DMV will open at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m. Closing…

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After eight years with the Union County Safe Communities Coalition, Robin Wortman will be leaving the coalition and returning to her family in Wallowa County. As coalition coordinator, Wortman…

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In the spring of 2009, Ron Nash saw an opportunity with the closing and bankruptcy of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. and bought the assets of the company he had previously worked for. At the forme…

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LA GRANDE — Fair premiums and market money for 4-H and FFA Union County Fair participants will be available for pickup between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 16 in Room 9 at the Ag Services Buildin…

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LA GRANDE — Flu shots are now available free of charge for veterans at the Walla Walla VA Medical Center and its clinics, including the La Grande clinic, 202 12th St. According to the VA, one …

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LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St., La Grande, is offering Teen iCraft at 4 p.m. Oct. 18. This month, teens will paint pumpkins in the Community Room. The free activity is open…

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LA GRANDE — The annual Ducks Unlimited fundraising banquet will be held Oct. 19 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 20th St., La Grande. Doors open at 5 p.m. The local community has co…

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club is hosting a free .22 benchrest match Oct. 19. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the match kicks off at 9 a.m. For more information, call Dick at …

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BAKER CITY — October is National Cooperative Month and Oregon Trail Electric Co-op is celebrating by saying thank-you to its more than 23,000 member-owners with a Member Appreciation Day Oct. …

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SALEM — In October, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients may see an increase in their monthly food benefits. Monthly benefit amounts are based on federal guidelines. The annual…

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LA GRANDE — MedQuest alum Alix Cooper, a medical student at Oregon Health and Sciences University, is conducting a research project to see what career paths MedQuest campers have taken. Partic…

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LA GRANDE -— The La Grande High School class of 1954 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Flying J Restaurant.

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IMBLER — The Imbler School District Board of Directors will meet for a regular session at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in Room 1 of the Imbler High School. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions …

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LA GRANDE — The Board of Directors of the InterMountain Education Service District will meet for a regional board tour at 8 a.m. Oct. 16. A work session will begin at 3:45 p.m., followed by a …

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LA GRANDE — Community members are invited to a Soup with the Superintendent gathering Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at La Grande Middle School, 1108 Fourth St. Those who attend will share a…

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Sharma Shields will be the guest for the inaugural session of EOU’s Carl and Sandra Ellston Ars Poetica Literary Lecture Series 2019-2020 season. The award-winning author will read selections …

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The La Grande School District’s most recent enrollment figures indicate it has 18 more students than last year.

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LA GRANDE — The Union County Historical Society will hold a meeting and potluck beginning at noon Oct. 12 in the log cabin at the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande. Guest speaker LaVelle G…

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LA GRANDE — Art Center East has launched a volunteer docent program. Docents greet visitors, answer questions and play an active role in building community around the arts. On Oct. 15, there w…

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LA GRANDE — The second annual Fall Into the Holidays Bazaar will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Union County Fairgrounds, 3604 N. Second St., La Grande. The bazaar will have home…

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UNION — The Union City Council will meet Monday for a work session and its regular monthly meeting. The work session will start at 6 p.m. and  the council meeting will follow. The work session…

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LA GRANDE — On Oct. 15, Side A Brewing will donate 15% of sales (including gift card sales, but not take-out) to Central Elementary School’s PTO. Family Restaurant Night at Side A Brewing will…

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LA GRANDE — Art Center East is accepting registration for a two-day mask making class, to be held on Oct. 14 and 16. Participants will create a one-of-a-kind mask from start to finish, perfect…

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LA GRANDE — The City of La Grande Parks and Recreation’s Pee Wee Basketball League is taking registration for children age 4 and older. The league will provide an introduction to basketball on…

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LA GRANDE — The Union County Public Transit Advisory Council has open seats for prospective voting members. Interested parties are asked to attend the Oct. 16 meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. a…

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UNION — The Union County Museum’s Third Tuesday event on Oct. 15 will begin at 7 p.m. in the Little White Church on Main Street across from the museum. Bev White will give the presentation, “T…